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Liquid Gold - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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very good

393 Ratings
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 393
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Billolick on 02-04-2006)
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Photo of Dr3n5ky

New York

5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gladly replaced everyday drinking water with this potion!

Just perfect beer ~ love Captain Lawrence Brewery, very affordable growlers, Sunday tasting events, friendly staff.

Back to Liquid Gold.. got a happy buzz, can't deny its the magic in beer talking now

Serving type: growler

07-30-2013 01:48:48 | More by Dr3n5ky
Photo of pmlondrigan

New York

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler fill from the new brew house. Pours with a rocky white head, one finger, light lacing, crystal clear golden color. Nice color. The aroma is packed with spice, clove, coriander, orange peal these dominate the nose. The flavor follows. Lots of spice on the palate, again clove, coriander, a very "clean" tasting beer. Grassy hops do make an apperance in the flavor profile. Very yeast driven beer here, both flavor and aroma wise. A more complex malt bill would be nice to add some charecter. The finish is long and boardering on cloying from the spices. The mouthfeel is not here nor there.
Overall I do enjoy this beer, but...I feel it is a little too spicy for the style and the finish is a bit to long and not dry enough. It is almost more like a blond then a pale. Still it tastes good, just not as "to style" as I like.

Serving type: growler

02-03-2012 03:08:59 | More by pmlondrigan
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this filled in my German Style Growler at the Captain Lawrence Brewery. I cracked it open about a day and a half later.

White head that fades into a film leaving sticky lacing on the glass. Slightly hazy golden straw color body. Sporadic bubbles.

Mostly cloves, lemon grass with a mustiness. Smells really nice.

Mostly cloves and lemon grass like the aroma. I also get wheat and a sweetness that comes in the middle and blends in with all the other flavors. Quite tasty.

Light to medium body. Medium Carbonation, easy to go down but then becomes a little heavy in the belly after two beers.

I remember trying this at the brewery the first time I went there but didn't get a growler fill. I kicked myself in the ass when I got home. Now that I got myself a growler fill, I'm glad I did but it tastes better on tap. The only problem with this brew is, the immediate taste is wow but then it begins to dull down a bit as the consumption continues. I would have given a higher rating. Otherwise a tasty solid brew.

Serving type: growler

11-28-2011 08:23:07 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of JohnnyChicago


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32oz bottle purchased at New Beer Distributers; poured into a regular sized wine glass.

A: Pours a clear gold with a snow white head...well they got the name right.

S: Smells of spice, yeah, loads of spice. Its mostly clove with the suggestion of Belgian yeast and cane sugar.

T: Cloves are forefront, but the Belgian yeast is prominent. Hops actually appear in the taste, with that caramel apple flavour from Euro malts providing adequate balance.

D: Well, I finished the half-growler, so I guess this is pretty drinkable. However, I don't know if I would want to pound these if I had a line of taps to choose from.

Overall: This is a strange beer. Its almost a Belgian single/cream ale/English pale blend with a bucket-load of clove. I'll give it props, its original as hell and I certainly wouldn't mind having this in sixers.

Serving type: growler

10-15-2011 01:11:51 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of dstueber

New York

4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good golden color. Nice 1" of head. Nice lacing. Smells spicy and earthy with the obvious malt aroma. Has plenty cloves, pepper, and even coriander. Medium body.

This is perhaps my favorite "session" beer. I know, a bit strong, but it's so incredibly drinkable I think of it as a session. A must-order everytime I see it at Bierkraft.

Serving type: on-tap/growler

Serving type: growler

09-01-2011 03:24:45 | More by dstueber
Photo of guitarsnbeer

New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First pour of the growler into my Stella chalice yeilds a very bright and ambient yellow-orange under a inch of suds that resided into a thin layer of icing. Small spots of lace and more than decent retention as the glass empties.

The aroma is very impressive ranging from sweet tropical fruits to pleasant candy sugar, some wheat also in the aroma as well as a big hint of spice.

Taste is not a let down. The aroma leads into the taste without any disapointment - belgian yeast, the mangos, oranges, lemon, kiwi and various other sweet fruit and a slightly bitter hop presence that is spot on. There is a lot going on in this beer that I just can't put my finger on.

The mouthfeel is slightly creamy, on the lighter side of medium-light bodied with a nice easy-going carbonation.

Overall this beer is very good and enjoyable, I'm glad I didn't overlook it like I did yesterday and grabbed a growler for $15, which was a few ounces over the 64oz marker. I would purchase again. Cheers

Serving type: growler

08-17-2011 00:40:26 | More by guitarsnbeer
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

gotta love these 16 oz growlers! poured into a pint glass..

big head of white on top of a golden amber colored body that really shows its just. lots of carbonation can be seen through the light haze and it really sets it apart quite nicely.

aroma is light, pleasant and full of esthers of all different varieties, pears, grasses, cloves, hints of light grains and spices, really just a light and pleasant mix in every way possible. crisp and clean finish with no hint of alcohol in here at all, this was simply exactly what i was looking for in a mid night treat.

overall a sublimly light and clean sessionable ale

Serving type: growler

07-11-2011 03:09:48 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of jlindros


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at SMBDC growler tasting thanks to BlessedBeBeer.

A: Light fizzy head, no lacing, semi clear lemon yellow golden color.

N: Belgian golden malts, light candi sugar, light yeast, aroma, golden malts, semi sweet, hint of aroma hops.

T: Golden Belgian malts, candi sugar, light yeast, toast and light bready malts, some fruity flavors from the yeast, light bitter light fruity hops, very light alcohol.

M: Med bodied, decent carb.

O: Pretty good, nice Belgian golden malts, bit of yeast on the nose doesn't help, nice light hop flavors, and nice Belgian flavors overall.

Serving type: growler

05-06-2011 02:11:47 | More by jlindros
Photo of lovindahops

New York

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For my birthday, got the chance to go to captain lawrence. I have totally been anticipating the chance to try out this brewery. Very excited for this liquid gold review.

A- pours a straw yellow that has a slight cloudiness a great head. After it resides, there is some fine lacing on the glass

S- talk about some belgian yeast scents! Great pepper and lemon with some mango scents as well. It's refreshing and inviting at the same time with the buttery scent

T- great combination of the lemony taste and bitter citrus flavors that are enrobed in the belgian flavors and characteristics. Captain lawrence knows how to put together these flavors and interpretations in order to make one tasty ale. The flavor even ends with a slight gumbal taste. Great

M- while there isn't much carbonation, there is sticky flavor. A good mouthful of taste

D- so if this is only the beginning... Where will captain lawrence take us next? This is a great thirst quenching bpa. The "hybrid" approach with styles makes this an incredible taste experience. I will be coming back for more!

Serving type: growler

04-17-2011 00:59:00 | More by lovindahops
Photo of dasenebler


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler from DeCicco's.

Pours a bright, chill-hazed gold with a one-finger head, barely. Thin film retains.

The aroma has some lemon, sweet bread, and grassy Euro hops.

At first this beer seems very sweet and doughy-malty, but the nice, earthy hop flavor kicks in mid-palate. Clean finish with low bitterness. There are notes of candy caramel, banana, and sweet spice in this beer. Mouthfeel lacked continuity. The carbonation was there, even from a growler, but it just didn't feel "together" on the palate. Good weight for a BPA though and a nice interpretation of the style. Definitely not a light beer with the malty flavors, 6 percent ABV and all.

This is a very solid and drinkable offering from Captain Lawrence.

Serving type: growler

09-01-2010 22:39:09 | More by dasenebler
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at Captain Lawrence CDC Batch 4 release today.

Appearance: Standard golden body with a nice topping of slightly whipped white crown! Beer is quite clear and has a touch of lacing.

Smell: A touch of spicy hops, belgian yeast, and lemon zest make for a solid nose.

Taste: I was really surprised by how much I liked the taste of this brew. Dry beginning but some sweet malt kicks in until the belgian yeast finish leaves you wanting more. Lemon zest and pepper season it well.

Mouthfeel: Quite crisp and refreshing throughout the swallow!

Drinkability: All day and all night!

Serving type: growler

07-24-2010 18:48:37 | More by koopa
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Super clear golden color. A little bit of white head with just a touch of lacing.

S: Yeast esters right up front. Quite bready in the nose. It smells like liquid Belgian yeast. Not that complex. The description sells the beer short. It was spot on to style.

T: Really nice belgian pale. Very clean light and refreshing with a ton of taste. The yeast is up front without being overwhelming. The malt still comes through crystal clear and gives it a bit of a bready note.

M: Super light and refreshing. This growler has been in the fridge for 3 weeks now and the carbonation is still great.

D: I love this beer. I have some great memories associated with it. It is a really great example of the style. Just drinks like a champ in the summer. Only got this because they were out of the DIPA but this beer is a winner.

Serving type: growler

04-23-2010 22:01:01 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of jeffthecheff


4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review # 200!

64 oz. growler filled a week ago. It pours a golden color with slight haze into my tulip glass. A straight pour produces just a finger of foam, which then recedes to a thin wisp of lace.

The aroma is all Belgian yeast, balanced on the spice side. Some clove spice and chamomile make up most of the nose, but there is also a light, pear like fruitiness to balance it out. Very fresh and powerful.

The taste has some of the yeasty flavor found in the nose, with a full sweetness in the front. Bubblegum, vanilla, and other spicy yeast flavors are found towards the back. The taste is balanced a little more towards fruitiness than the nose, with lemon peel and a sugary sweetness. The carbonation is solid even after a week in the growler, with a refreshing, prickly feeling. It's creamy and substantial up front, but with an easy, light finish. Some sweet stickiness lingers.

Liquid Gold must be drinkable because I finished the growler myself. I wouldn't reach for it for a refreshing, summer day beer as it does have some strength, and the yeasty nose got tiring towards the end. Still, I'd like to get another fill of this soon.

Serving type: growler

03-21-2010 18:16:28 | More by jeffthecheff
Photo of Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled this growler up on Friday night and had it on Sunday night with a few homies. Had this a few times now, but finally getting to review it. From notes, 3.7.10.

Pours a....gasp golden color with a starchy white head in my pint glass. Nice lace and retention despite the non-supportive glassware.

Aromas are of belgian yeasty spiciness, lemon rind and bready malt. I could say lemon pepper but that might be pushing it, as Nick noted. A whisper of some herbal/grassy hops. The taste has some residual sugar but is mostly composed of prominent yeast character contributing this prominent spiciness and floral component over some graininess. A nice moderate level of carbonation hits the tongue and creates a certain crispness to this brew. Pretty approachable and a solid offering, I will continue to fill up my growler with this brew to share with friends in the summer months.

Serving type: growler

03-10-2010 05:57:11 | More by Ineedabeerhere
Photo of asabreed

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from the brewery into a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter golden yellow with a bit of haze and orange coming through, good soapy head, nice bubbles to the top.

Smell: Nice spicy banana, clove, and bubblegum, along with some mild earthy phenolic activity. A bit of citrus and hops in the nose too.

Taste: Balanced clove, banana, and bubblegum, with good balancing bitterness from the hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium-bodied, good prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid, fresh, and tasty version of a BPA. Good flavors and highly sessionable. I'd like to get some more.

Serving type: growler

11-29-2009 16:07:54 | More by asabreed
Photo of dudecandle

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My 100th Review!

A: Beautiful light-golden-brown body with a nice, creamy off-white head, with excellent size, retention and lacing.

S/T: Light, citrusy hops up front, with a good darker fruit, quite guava-like. Some additional honey sweetness is present, along with a good spice, perhaps coriander. It has a bit of that apple-like acidity that is common to Belgians. Modest toasting, and a pleasant wheaty character. The toasted character really takes over as the beer hits the back of the palate.

M: Light, yet creamy, while the acidity gives it a bit of a twang.

D: Very pleasant Belgian ale. It's light-bodied, with modest spice and sweetness, as well as some modest hops and fruit. It's extremely well balanced and not overly aggressive, while still displaying a distinct flavor profile, which made it perfect for everyone at the Thanksgiving meal.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Serving type: growler

11-27-2009 02:03:16 | More by dudecandle
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with a nice head and lace.

The aroma of fruits,hops and spices.

The taste begins sweet with fruit tones,spice(cloves),and yeast. Banana hints tag along for the ride.

The feel is medium carbonation and body. Some citrus notes in the finish. Just a tad bit syrupy.

Notes: Very good,but too sweet to have more than one. I am not saying it is a sugar bomb,but a bit different than some others I have tried. All in all an easy beer to drink.

Serving type: growler

08-21-2009 02:32:05 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of cavedave

New York

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review no. 50, picked a good local.

The look is classic, thick two finger white head, lasting, ample lace, purest light golden color. Nice.

Smell is full of tangy yeast, light and sweet bread, even lighter hints of spice and banana, with floral notes like pleasurable aroma ghosts through it all.

The taste is full of yeast and banana (more banana than in the nose), but in a fine way, a delicious way, leading to mild and spicy herbosity. It is full of flavor without a bang, it slowly crests across the palate, fills the mouth with clear and luscious flavor and ends in mild herbal and floral notes that tie it all together perfectly.

The mouthfeel is very good. Low carbonation, medium body, full flavor, fairly light in the mouth. My only (extremely minor) "thing" is it could clear a bit better.

Drinkability is excellent. The refreshing nature and clear wonderful flavor of this marvelous brew make it superbly quaffable.

Serving type: growler

07-21-2009 21:45:59 | More by cavedave
Photo of BARFLYB


3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Growler from a freshly tapped keg at the brewery, I usually go with the DIPA but I wanted to try something new.

A- Liquid gold is a few shades lighter than your average gold color. Up to light it has some yellow like hues. A vigorous pour yielded no more than a finger of loose white head which faded very quick, no lacing from this one.

S- Belgian influenced is a understatement, the nose on this screams belgian yeast giving off sweet scents, almost candi like. Under that bananers and some maltiness adding to the sweetness, giving off light bread.

T- A decent Belgian pale ale, nothing extraordinary though. I was kind of let down by this one. Belgian candi sweetness from the yeast and a lot of banana. Unlike others, I did not get much of a citrus flavor from this. The hops were light and don't stand out, they just sort of blend in with everything else. A little spice in the background.

M- Kind of weak. Liquid gold has a medium feel with not much carbonation going for it. A bit more would have helped the feel on this one. A bit flat, maybe it was the keg it came from, as I drank this asap. This does go down smooth with a light aftertaste. Easy drinking either way.

D- Low in ABV, the growler was easy to finish although I could of used some help & I love to share. I Just wish there was more to this. Im going to try the xtra gold and see what that has to offer.

Serving type: growler

07-21-2009 02:23:15 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of m1ked


4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Since living in Brooklyn, my first growler not procured from Bierkraft. Got this one straight from the source...at CL's anni party.

A- Pours a clear...golden yellow. A slight hint of a haze, but you can read through it for sure. It is a brilliant color really. A minimal white thin head that fades into a wisp. Almost looks like a pilsner.

S- A slight belgian candiness, slight banana....but I get other stone fruits...peachy, apricots....slight cantalope. Its great on the nose.

T- Similar light belgian candiness. The fruits really prevail here. I love that peachy, apricot here. Not clovey to me. I get a little white pepper. Great on the tongue.

M- A light body here with light carbonation. It makes for a real easy drinker. Crisp finish.

D- This is a great brew. Easy to drink, I love the frutiness to it. I think of Stone VE 08 with the fruity characters. Excellant job.

Serving type: growler

05-20-2009 00:19:50 | More by m1ked
Photo of GbVDave


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64oz growler into two red wine glasses. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist. Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up!

A: Pours an absolutely crystal-clear, well, gold color. Reminds me of apple juice with maybe more gold and less of a copper hue. Fizzy off-white heads quickly recedes to a spotty skim.

S: Aromas of banana, toasted malt, fresh red apples, spicy green hops, and possibly a hint of peach? Heather said the banana hit her nose right off the bat.

T: Banana with an interesting mix of toasted malt, dry roasted spices, grassy hops, orchard fruit, white grape, and dried wild flowers.

M: Prickly and dry with an excellent bit of red apple tang. Finish is dry and spicy and lasts forever.

D: What a nice beer! Poured on 3/21, FedEx'd to me, and enjoyed on 3/25 with nary a hint of oxidation. Thanks Joe!

Serving type: growler

03-26-2009 01:07:00 | More by GbVDave
Photo of LennyV

New York

4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased 2 growlers from the brewery today . Pours a light copper into my La Fin Dumonde tulip. Creamy white 2 finger head, minimal lacing.

Smells of citrisy orange with some yeast.

Tastes of spice mixed with orange and lemon. Reminds me of a heffe or wit beer yet with a very slight bitterness. Absolutely yummy!

Feels medium bodied in the mouth

I can drink this all day or night. A great beer for a summer bbq or a nice fish dinner.

Great Job Captain Lawrence!

Serving type: growler

01-04-2009 02:03:42 | More by LennyV
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 4/14/08. On tap at the brewery. Pours a golden orange with a nice creamy white head. Aroma and taste of orange, citrus, spices. The flavors complemented each other very well. Very good beer, drinks smoothly. 7/4/7/4/14

Update 7/29/08: Growler from Big Z. Just as awesome as I first thought. Nice light, spritzy spices with some light fruits in the background. SO SO drinkable that I must improve its rating. 7/4/8/4/15

Another update 8/6/08: Another growler from Big Z (I can't get enough of this beer!). Got a lot of melon (melon rind, honeydew, cantelope) from this one. As well as more citrus. This beer has become my ultimate session beer; it is that awesome. In fairness to this exquisite brew, I must bump its rating yet again. 8/4/8/4/16 (4.0/5)

Serving type: growler

12-02-2008 04:01:06 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of hopdog


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample from Growler courtesy of egadzis (thanks for this want list beer!).

Poured a lighter and clear yellow color with a small sized white head. Aromas of fruitiness, bananas, and light spices. Tastes of fruitiness, bready, citrus, and light spices. Lighter and 'refreshing'.

Notes from 11/29/07

Serving type: growler

11-10-2008 01:23:39 | More by hopdog
Photo of scootny

New York

4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A CL growler into my tulip tumbler. A lightly hazy, golden straw color. A standard pour yields a good sized head of two to three fingers and gentle amount of carbonation visible at first. The head recedes and the stream of bubbles vanishes. Some lacing on the sides and a ring on the top of the brew.

Smell is gorgeous. Lemon and Belgian yeast, spice and banana. A trace of sweet alcohol with malt and light floral hops swirl underneath. Mmmmm Good.

Taste is perfection in a glass. This beer blends my favorite weiss/wit characteristics with exceptional Belgian pale ale flavors. A sweet and broad malt palate combines with lemon and spice upfront. Banana, butterscotch, and yeasty fruit like flavors sweep in from there and take you to the tingly hop finish. Firmly bitter but blended sublimely into the malt structure the hops remains and lingers as the malt gives way to biscuits and more faint butterscotch. Alcohol barely there and is a binding feature and taste that never draws attention to itself,

Mouthfeel is carbonated and lively with cream at the top. It is light enough to wash down the greatest thirst and weighty enough to let you know it's not water. For the style it doesn't get any better.

Drinkability is phone home good. Let you buddies know you have found the next great session beer. Slightly elevated in abv it nonetheless begs to spend the night in your glass until the wee hours.

Oh, and by the way, this growler has been in my cellar for just over a month. Scott Vaccaro has done the world of beer a huge service with this one. Thank You!

Serving type: growler

08-13-2008 02:23:41 | More by scootny
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Liquid Gold from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.